Gateway to Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
Charlestown is the retail centre of the Lake Macquarie area. The suburb's proximity to the recreational playground of Lake Macquarie makes it a great base to enjoy the lake's diverse range of water activities. It's also only 12 km south of Newcastle, a great destination for its beautiful beaches.
The business and shopping centre of Lake Macquarie, Charlestown also has a great holiday atmosphere. Flanked by beautiful beaches, mountains and the ocean, Charlestown is only 20 minutes' drive from Newcastle while the Hunter Valley and the Central Coast are an easy 40-minute drive.
Don't miss enjoying sailing and other water sports on the largest coastal saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere or head for one of the funky cafés in town. Also catch a wave at one of the four patrolled beaches in the area or venture into the mountains for sightseeing and a picnic lunch.
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Belmont Jetty, Lake Macquarie. Image The Legendary Pacific Coast
Boogie Boarders at Newcastle beach at sunset. Image Mike Newling
Family at Fort Scratchley in Newcastle. Image The Legendary Pacific Coast